Tattooing might have once been Liam's passion, but he left it all behind along with ugly memories when he went to college. When his uncle's health fails, Liam must come home at last to say his goodbyes. His days are spent at the hospice, leaving his nights to rake over the past. To fill those empty hours, he takes a job at Great Sin Ink. The close knit friendship of the workers there both intrigues and shakes Liam, who has spent the last four years keeping everyone at arm's length. Neither Deb, the no-nonsense piercer, nor Goose, a manic tattoo artist, will let Liam get away with his isolationist ways for long.
If it were just those two, Liam might have stood a chance - but there's also Ace, the owner of Great Sin. He hires Liam despite a thin resume, and that is a kindness Liam can't forget. The two start up a tentative friendship, learning about each other as the summer days melt into each other. Slowly, Liam reveals a tender heart underneath the wall of quotes he uses to keep everyone out. Unfortunately, life doesn't stand still, and both Liam and Ace have hard struggles before them that might break them up before they can even get together.
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Oh hell no
Loved this story and was thrilled to see it now has audio. But no can do, really disappointed.
The narration is good, clear and easy to listen to, but the character voices are simply awful.
Goose I can't think of a suitable comparison but I could get passed it. Ace though; shrimpy half-welsh Ace - he sounds like a big bearded pirate, I was waiting for a rousing roar of Arrrrrrrrr and a shiver me timbers! It's frightful. Being Welsh I was worried he'd get an accent that would bother me, but that wasn't attempted, this... walk ye plank my matie! Walk. Ye. Plank.
The book is a favourite comfort read of mine and I'd recommend it; interesting characters, fun interactions and a lot of heart. But make sure you listen to the audio sample all the way through before buying because Long John Ace killed it for me, I couldn't keep listening.
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- Mikee Smith
A time passer,
It is a good listen, that keeps you entertained for hours.
Only downside I had was it took a couple chapters for me to get used to the narrator, I give it a 4.5